'I will be well!' Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley to have surgery
Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley
Full disclosure, Prime Minister Mia Mottley declared that she has opted to have surgery this weekend.
In her address to the nation tonight, Thursday, March 26, she said:
"On a very personal note my friends, I want to share with you, and I've told you always, from the time I was sworn in that I would be upfront with you the people of this country, I have a medical procedure that the doctors have advised that I should do this weekend."
And she shared that she is complying with their suggestion, saying: "I am going to take the opportunity to do it."
Video caption: Barbados' COVID-19 Update and Address to the Nation on March 26 at 8 pm
In the interim, the current Education Minister Santia Bradshaw will act as Prime Minister.
To Barbadians who may be anxious at this time, she assured them that the COVID-19 team will remain with the Hon Attorney General Dale Marshall dealing will the governance and the law enforcement aspects of it, the Hon Jeffrey Bostic continuing to chair the emergency operations committee and the Hon Jerome Walcott continuing to marshall the regional and international relations "particularly with the management of our supply and logistics chain, such that we can continue to keep Barbadians completely safe and completely provided for."
Noting that some citizens will be concerned, the Prime Minister said: "Please don't be". With great confidence, she said: "I know I will be well. [...] All will be well."
Answering the unasked question of why disclose this news to the country, she asserted that at this critical time she will not tolerate persons spreading rumours about it across the country, hence she came to tell the country the truth upfront and directly.
Mottley is also the Chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).